Janet's Notebook
Contest Winner Sparks Up Fun and Friendship at Blue Ribbon Showcase Event

Sherri Williams, Melissa Sperka & Janet

There are times in life when we get blown back on our heels at just how very blessed we are. One of those moments came recently while sitting over dinner with Flour Power contest winner Melissa Sperka.

With a million dollar smile and an effervescent personality, Melissa is the latest Just A Pinch member to take the reins as star of her very own Just A Pinch Blue Ribbon Showcase event. The showcase - part of her Grand Prize package which also included a trip for two to Nashville and a $1,000 shopping spree at the Viking Kitchen Store - was held in front of an enthusiastic, capacity crowd.

All in attendance were treated to Melissa's easy conversation and humor as she demonstrated the preparation of her prize-winning Caramel, Chocolate and Almond Gooey Butter Cake recipe. Questions and laughs were frequent as the crowd watched and munched on a menu of Blue Ribbon favorites that included:

Monterey Jack Cheese Soup
Polly Sizemore - East Bernstadt, KY

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Cilantro Lime Mayo
Lauren Mitchell - Portland, OR

Orzo Salad
Lindsey McCue - Los Angeles, CA

Beef Tenderloin Crostini
Sherri Williams - Danville, VA

One of the most memorable highlights of the afternoon - at least for this sappy member of the Kitchen Crew - was when it was revealed that Melissa had discovered her long lost twin sister through Just A Pinch... namely, the day's emcee and previous contest winner Sherri Logan Williams! They appear to have everything in common except actual DNA, and it was a joy to see the dynamic duo in action. You would think they have been friends for years... Talk about double trouble!

A big hello and thank you to all of the wonderful members who came out to celebrate Melissa and share in some good old-fashioned food and fellowship. Bringing folks together over a plate of home-cookin' is what we enjoy more than anything and its your bright spirits that make it all worthwhile.

>>CLICK HERE to see video and photos from the Showcase!

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Melissa Sperka - Feb 17, 2012
Sherri, you are so precious!!! You wear your heart on your sleeve, and it's a very good thing!! You can cry at the drop of a hat, telling me you are able to genuinely feel the joy and pains of others. That's special, just as you are!! xoxo
Sherri Williams - Feb 17, 2012
Stephaine, your story really touches my heart. I can feel your joy in your comments. That's just awesome news.

When I first Melissa at the JAP showcase, I knew immediately that there was something extra special about her. She had this big beautiful smile and she was oozing with love. You could feel and see that she had a heart of gold. We really do have so much in common. We could finish each other sentences and we wouldn't give anyone else a chance to speak. We went on and on and on. We felt as though we had so much to catch up on. Though not blood, we are sisters in and out and I ♥ her just as I do my other siblings. She kinda grows on you in good way.

Thank you JAP for making this one pleasnat and delightful experience. sw♥
Melissa Sperka - Feb 17, 2012
Stephanie, that is so wonderful!! I know you have much catching up to do! I think Sherri is fabulous, and couldn't be prouder of her if she was my actual sister. She's a sister by choice! Blessings to you and your family! :)
S M - Feb 16, 2012
Yes, it is. I bet more people have been reunited since the internet than ever before.
Dee Stillwell - Feb 16, 2012
Thats so cool that u found ur siblings Stephanie..and u are close in heart if not by miles...awesome how wonderful the internet can be with finding ppl, isn't it? : )
S M - Feb 16, 2012
The best part of this story is the reuniting of the sisters! In my own family there are 7 of us that were separated for over 40 years due to the death of parents. About 5 years ago we found each other via the internet and a lot of sleuthing and had a reunion. We have all been in close contact since then even though we are separated by several states. So needless to say I am particularly effected by your story!
Wendy Rusch - Feb 15, 2012
How absolutely wonderful!!! You guys rock!!! :o)
Dee Stillwell - Feb 14, 2012
Awwww...how cool for Janet to acknowledge ur new found friendship. I bet she had a ball with Sherri & Melissa in the same room. It's nice to be here on JAP for the recipes and friendship..but when that carries over into our real world and a true friendship bond is made..well, thats just plain awesome...I am so excited to finally get to meet Sherri, my sister from another mister, next month in Florida. hahaha..and that goes for the other girls who are comming too.
donna morales - Feb 14, 2012
Three beautiful smiling faces. I love it, love it, love it. It shows how much fun yall had. So glad to see everyone had such an awesome time. Feeling the love. :D
Melissa Sperka - Feb 14, 2012
Thanks Angela and Bonnie!
Melissa Sperka - Feb 14, 2012
Janet, much love to you, thank you for your sweet words! :)
Melissa Sperka - Feb 14, 2012
I love this, Sherri! You were an off the hook MC, a complete natural! It's true, we immediately bonded, it was phenomenal! :) I loved spending time with Sherri, Roy, Janet, Hugh and Sandy on Friday night, [I don't think Sherri, myself or Janet took a breath the whole night!!] and all of the rest of the JAP Crew on Saturday. Not to mention, another former winner, Missy, and all of the other kind JAP members who attended. It was truly a warm and fuzzy experience. A heartfelt and sincere thank you to all! :)
Sherri Williams - Feb 14, 2012
I was honored to be the emcee for my twin Melissa's...Just A Pinch Showcase win for her Gooey Goodness! She is one amazing lady who happens to be a knockout. Melissa's heart is full of love and kindness. BTW, she can cook her buns OFF!!! Thank you, Just A Pinch for reuniting us. LOL.... Happy Valentine's Day to you all. sw♥
Bonnie ^O^ - Feb 14, 2012
Congratulations, everyone! :D
Angela Gray - Feb 14, 2012
Melissa and Sherri it looks like you both had a fantastic time and did a smashing job representing JAP ! Sending all my love and best wishes to you both. ~Angela